Welcome to my website where you can find out more about the “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” Concert Drama and the Illuminations Concerts.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to learn about “Defiant Requiem”, a project close to my heart. I am proud and humbled to be at the forefront of telling the story of these courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who learned Verdi’s Requiem Mass by rote and then performed it 16 times as a statement of defiance and resistance, answering the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.  I know you will find Defiant Requiem Story enlightening and inspiring. 

If you are interested in bringing the Defiant Requiem concert/drama to your community or presenting one of the many Illumination Concerts, please find us on the contact page.

Murry Sidlin walking the abandoned streets of Terezin

Murry Sidlin

“When words are no longer adequate, when our passion is greater than we are able to express in a usual manner, that’s when art begins.   Some people go to the canvas and paint; some dance and others make music.  But we all go beyond our normal means of communication; and this IS the common human experience for all people on this planet."

Murry Sidlin            

Conductor/Concert Innovator/Educator

​Founder and President of The Defiant Requiem Foundation

Creator of Illuminations Concerts